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South Dakota Manufacturers’ Summit

South Dakota Manufacturers' Summit

September 9, 2021 • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This annual one-day event focuses on the unique manufacturing needs in South Dakota, with more than 25 speakers, numerous manufacturing- and business-related vendors, and networking opportunities.

South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions is hosting its annual Manufacturers’ Summit at 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Southeast Technical College.

Registration is now closed.
  • General Admission — $129
  • 5 or More Attendees — $79/person volume discount

Faculty and students: use this link or the code EPSCOR to make ticket complementary.

Keynote Speaker

This year, we’re bringing in an esteemed keynote speaker, John McElligott, who is sure to continue the quality messages the Manufacturers’ Summit has come to be known for. He will be speaking on automation and how it can help more rural areas like South Dakota.

John’s primary passion has been focused on the rise of third-tier cities. Known professionally as a Vision Caster and Technical Futurist, John believes that emerging technology represents an incredible opportunity for all of our citizens and that it is his responsibility to do what he can to expose our citizens to robotics and other technology in an effort to leave no community behind.

Breakout Speaking Themes

Following the keynote, the Summit will feature speaking themes for the day in five key areas for 2021:

  • Workforce
  • Automation
  • Quality
  • Supply Chain
  • Biotech

New for this year is a partnership with the South Dakota Biotech Association for the Summit, which will be helping us fill the Biotech speaking theme this year. We see a huge potential for our South Dakota manufacturers to partner with our emerging and talented S.D. biotech companies and think this is a perfect opportunity to introduce the two to each other.

Registration is now closed.

Biotech Panelists

Developing Next Generation Products

Biotech Speakers: Alan Young, Gary Archamboult, and moderator Joni Ekstrum

Protecting Your Company From Hackers — (Cyber Security)

Biotech Speakers: Ashley Podhradsky, Chad Knutson, and Dhiraj Sharan

Creative Strategies in Supply Chain Management in the Life Sciences

Biotech Speakers: Kipp Erickson and Steve Lewis

How to Leverage the Giant Vision Competition for Ongoing Funding

Biotech Speakers: Bill Shorma, Henry Wegehaupt, Scott Wood, and moderator Mel Ustad

Thank You to Sponsor — Ballard Spahr


South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions

Phone: 605-212-5679Website: View Organizer Website

South Dakota Biotech

Phone: 605-274-3714Email: joni@sdbio.orgWebsite: View Organizer Website


Southeast Technical College
2320 North Career Avenue
Sioux Falls, 57107 United States
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